This is sort of a difficult topic to post about. First, I want to acknowledge Anne Gallagher and her post "How Do I Say This?" and another post by Scott Mitchell called "Differently." Although their posts don't exactly say the same thing, I think they touch on a similar matter.
The more I learn, the better I get at writing, the less advice I feel the need to give to other writers. Sure, I have a bunch of writing techniques that I've learned over the nine or ten years of writing I've done. But, often, they are techniques that probably only I consider all that valuable. The techniques I've learned have come from my need to solve the unique problems that my own writing creates. Or, the techniques are probably only helpful to beginning writers, and for the most part I feel like the people who poke around this part of the woods--i.e. YOU--have already developed a level of competency equal to where I am on this writing journey. So, in a way, I feel more and more like it's pointless to talk about writing to other writers.
But, then we have a problem don't we? I could NOT talk about my writing, but then I end up with really boring subject matter about how I bought Empress dates at the farmer's market today. Exciting, huh? I know, this is my life!
And, so, I end up talking about writing again, knowing full well that most of you probably don't need to hear what I have to say. And, really, I'm starting to hope that most of you ignore what I have to say for fear that everyone will start sounding the same in their writing.
So, I guess all this is to say that I'm feeling a bit speechless these days. I don't want to waste your time, and so I don't exactly know what to write about. Scott brought it back to individuality. I think that's a great approach. I'll probably do that more, and I'd also like to add that I would LOVE it if the comments sections on these posts become much more freeform. F. P. Adriani has suggested this on her blog a few times (here's one) and I think it's a great idea. So, from here on out, at least for my posts, feel free to ramble, rant, and lose focus in your comments. Write about whatever you want--you don't even have to finish the entire post!
Something else I'd also love to start doing is to "turn the camera around" and start showcasing a bunch of the wonderful writers and wonderful people out in the writing world. And, to start that off, I'd like to bring up F. P. again. Some of you might not recognize that name, but F. P. used to go by Reason Reanimator, a writer who stirred the pot quite a bit around the blogosphere. I know she gets angry a lot, and honestly, sometimes she scares me. But, if any of you out there are willing, I'd love for you to check out more of her work, both in terms of her fiction and in terms of her blog. She may rant, but she's often siding with us writers and defending us in big ways. And her novels, from what I've read, are quite exquisite. In her book After Ann, F. P. really brings back the character-driven book for me. At a time when I think character-driven stories hardly ever exist anymore, F. P. has created a protagonist who seems to pop off the page. She's discouraged enough that her fiction might be hard to acquire these days, but I hope it's still around if anyone is interested.